Agency dis­putes Dreamer’s de­port claims

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

Democrats and pro-im­mi­grant groups de­manded an­swers Tues­day af­ter a news re­port of the first “Dreamer” be­ing de­ported by Pres­i­dent Trump.

USA Today said Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-yearold Mex­i­can who had been brought to the U.S. at age 9 and had twice been ap­proved un­der Pres­i­dent Obama’s de­por­ta­tion amnesty, was de­ported in Fe­bru­ary af­ter a run-in with a Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion agent in Calex­ico, California.

Mr. Montes told the pa­per that af­ter he was de­ported, he tried to sneak back into the U.S., climb­ing over the bor­der fence on a rope. He said agents quickly cap­tured and de­ported him again.

Speak­ing to USA Today from Mex­ico, Mr. Montes said he was de­ported Feb. 17 af­ter the agent wouldn’t let him get his wal­let, where Mr. Montes said he had proof of his sta­tus un­der Mr. Obama’s de­por­ta­tion amnesty.

But CBP’s ver­sion of events con­tra­dicted Mr. Montes in most re­spects. The agency, in a state­ment Tues­day night con­firm­ing Mr. Montes was nabbed try­ing to climb over the bor­der fence, said he lost his amnesty sta­tus in Au­gust 2015 and was no­ti­fied. The agency did not men­tion any re­newal.

CBP also said Mr. Montes had been con­victed of theft and had been granted pro­ba­tion for the of­fense. USA Today re­ported that he also had three con­vic­tions of driv­ing with­out a li­cense.

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